LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- TDJ Enterprises and Sony Pictures Entertainment have entered into a three year production and distribution deal for theatrical releases and DVD exclusives. The announcement was made by Bishop T.D. Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises, Curtis Wallace, COO of TDJ Enterprises and Clint Culpepper, President of Screen Gems. Bishop Jakes and TDJ Enterprises are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) whose representatives negotiated the deal with Sony Pictures. The first film scheduled for production in late 2006 will be "Not Easily Broken" based on a novel by Bishop Jakes. TDJ Enterprises has enjoyed critical acclaim for its recent theatrical film, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed," which so far made more than $7 million at the box-office and sold more than 1 million units on DVD. The company's hugely popular television programs, books, DVDs and film productions constitute a media business which is one of the most successful in the country. In making the announcement, Bishop Jakes stated, "We are proud to be associated with Sony, and share a commitment to produce movies with messages that are both entertaining and edifying. There is an obvious trend towards movies with inspirational themes, and I am excited because I believe that Sony's leadership 'gets it.' They understand the significance of this new and exciting genre and want to work with us to enhance the quality of these message-driven films." Mr. Wallace added, "Sony Pictures is making a significant investment in TDJ Enterprises' vision of creating films with strong, positive values which are universal in tone. The people at Sony share our goal of delivering quality, uplifting entertainment and we look forward to working with their creative team to develop these products." "We share with TDJ Enterprises their interest in creating filmed product which has strong emotional resonance while still being entertaining," noted Mr. Culpepper. "The theatrical and DVD success of 'Woman, Thou Art Loosed' as well as their other media products reflect the company's unique talents and we look forward to working with them to reach the widest possible audience." TDJ Enterprises is a multi-media company that creates, produces and markets products along with events that inspire and empower people. Their projects range from award-winning live theater, feature films, best selling books and Grammy-winning music projects. Sony Pictures Entertainment's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
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